Weekly Bulletin

October 23, 2013


The Hartsbrook School

193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA


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Cook Off!

Bring Your Best Pot of Soup or Chili

Friday, 10/25 12:45-3:30pm


Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, 10/31

Friday, 11/1

No School


Our Healthy Children ~Mindful Parenting

5 sessions series starting 11/5




Parent Evenings


Grade 7

Thursday 10/24 7-9pm

Field Trips /
Class Events


6th Grade Caving

Oct. 24 + 25


High School Halloween Party

Saturday Oct. 26

5:30 to 10:30pm

Welcome to Merriconaeg and Monadnock Students!


7th & 8th Grade
Halloween Party

Wednesday Oct. 30 5-7:30pm










 Oct. 24

JVG @ Charlemont

Oct. 24

VG @ Charlemont

Oct. 24

JVB @ Greenfield Center

Oct. 25

VG @ Eagle Hill


Playoffs Next Week! Please watch the RVAL Website for game details.


Early Childhood Building Update~

Solar Panels Coming Soon!

Laura Fitch of Kraus-Fitch Architects writes: 

"The building construction project is on schedule and heading into the final lap!  The exterior has been roofed and sided and painted.  The interior has been sheetrocked and the finish carpenter is starting work on the cubbies, cabinets, bench, and interior trim.  And last but not least, the floors will be finished in a few weeks and bathroom fixtures will follow.  It won't be long before the teachers can start planning the transition!"



Green Solar Energy

We extend warm thanks to our generous donors and lenders who are making solar energy possible at The Hartsbrook School through the installation of a photovoltaic system on the new Early Childhood building.  This fulfills a vision of our community which called for an environmentally sensitive building that would help maintain the good health of its inhabitants and the planet.   


Pioneer Valley PhotoVoltaics Cooperative (PVē) will be installing a 9.8 kW photovoltaic system in December and hopes to power up by the end of the year.  The new building may use around 4-5 kW, and the excess will provide savings that can be used to offset electricity costs for the rest of the campus.


Future Green Energy Plans

We plan to continue fostering a clean energy future for The Hartsbrook School, including a possible expansion of the photovoltaic system on the new Early Childhood building and the investigation of a federally supported geothermal system to support the energy needs of our other buildings. Anyone interested in supporting these efforts please contact 

Karen Bates if you would like to pass your name to the group working on this effort.


Karen Bates




Parent Teacher Conferences ~ NEXT WEEK

October 31st and November 1st

Early Childhood - Grade 8 ~ Sign up in the main office.
High School ~ Sign up here (HS Week at a Glance Site)
Contact Vesna in the main office to sign up for childcare.  Outside childcare for school-age children will be available 8am - 5pm. (Dress warmly and bring a snack.) 
You must register for childcare, no drop-ins will be accepted!
 A Call For Health Forms
While the back-to-school hustle on health forms has waned, I wanted to reach out to the community with a suggestion. When your child has his/her yearly physical exam at any time during the year, bring a copy right away. Even if it's not your child's "required" year to have an updated physical exam or vaccination record on file in the Nursing Office, it's a helpful habit to get into. I will then always have the most updated health information for your child.

Just as a reminder, we require an updated health form and vaccination record (or statement of religious or medical exemption) for children in nursery, kindergarten, 4th grade, 7th grade, and 10th grade.
Thank you,
Jessica LaCroix, RN

Introducing ~

Our Elementary and Middle School Faculty

 Back (L to R): Louise Spear, Jeff Kalman, Jan Baudendistel, Amy Freed, Anne Haendiges, Steve Haendiges, Tanya Lax. Middle (L to R): Heather Damon, Arn Krugman, Elyce Perico, Polly Saltet, Megan Owens, Alexis Major Jameson, Brett Iimura. Front (L to R): Jan-Kees Saltet, James Pewtherer, Jessica Stark, Catherine Hopkins, Christine Pineo, Irina Yakub, Marie-Dominique Corbiere.
Full List of Teachers:

So, You Have a Great Soup or Chili Recipe?
Bring it to the Cook-Off!


Help us find the best soup & chili recipes to use for the Holiday Fair! Anyone can enter, anyone can vote! Fill your pot and bring it down to Hartsbrook for a tasting competition.


Date:     Friday, October 25, 2013 (Next week, practice now!)

Place:    Under the canopy

Time:     12:45 - 3:30pm or until all votes are cast



Contact Tara for more information.

Tara Hoffman, Fair Co-Chair

Scrip ~ It's Worth the Trip!

Introducing the NEW Scrip Monthly Order Program

Scrip is an important fundraiser for our school.
If every family were to purchase, for example, at least $100 of grocery scrip per week, Hartsbrook would receive over $52,000 in revenue. 
Yes, $52,000! Please start using scrip today!
If you shop at Whole Foods, Stop & Shop, River Valley Market, Big Y or Esselon, please join our Scrip Monthly Order Program Today.  Place a standing order for your weekly Scrip cards and we'll have them waiting and ready for you with an email reminder.
To place a monthly standing order:

What is Scrip? Click Here:  Scrip Brochure

Thank you-
Karen Bates
Eurythmy Ensemble to Visit Hartsbrook
On November 19th, the Pennsylvania Eurythmy Ensemble will offer two performances during school for our students and one in the evening for the public. It has been a number of years since we hosted a touring ensemble at our school, so this is a joyful and festive opportunity for our students and parents to experience the beauty of a professional performance.


The group will be in town from the afternoon of Monday the 18th until the morning of the 20th, so we are looking for housing for eight people for two nights in the community, as well as offers of food for two dinners, a lunch, and snacks. If you would like to help support this event in any way, please contact Polly Saltet by email, at school, 586-1908, or at home, 584-5256.


Thank you!

Polly Saltet

Eurythmy and Faculty Conference Chair

Mindful Parenting

Biography and Social Art Sessions with Kathleen Bowen

November 5, 12, 26 and December 3 and 10

Choose the morning or evening series:8:45-10:15 am or 7:00-8:30 pm

Location: The Great Room of Hartsbrook Hall

Family and work responsibilities, the distraction of everyday life and an abundance of 'expert' advice can make us feel overwhelmed and confused about our children's needs and our responsibilities as parents. How can we practice a healthy attentiveness to what is right for our children and develop greater confidence and follow-through in our ability to meet their evolving needs as we perceive them?

-What kind of parent do I want to be?

-What gifts do I bring to parenting?

-What is my child asking of me?

Come and join us as we explore these questions and more through artistic exercises, story, writing, and conversation.  


Cost: $100 per person. Please register and pay in the Hartsbrook Hall main office (413-586-1908). For more information contact Kathleen Bowen: 413-320-1723 or kathleen56@gmail.com  


Enjoy the Bounty ~ Now Selling Pumpkins!

On Thursday afternoons at 3:15 p.m. the third grade will have eggs and squash for sale outside our classroom.  The eggs are from our own hens, completely organic, and cost $4/dozen or $2/half-dozen.  
Butternut, delicata, sweet dumpling, acorn and ornamental squash were all grown and harvested by our class.  They will range in price from $1 - $2.  
Thank you for supporting our Agricultural Arts program.


Tanya Lax

Third Grade Class Teacher

Hawks Eye View ~ Soccer Playoffs Next Week!

We are nearing the end of another great season of Hartsbrook Soccer.


Congratulations to all of our coaches and players for their hard work!  There are just a handful of games left on the schedule, including the River Valley Athletic League playoffs beginning on October 30th.


Our Varsity Girls' team is currently in 4th place in their league, with a record of 4 wins and 3 losses.  The girls play their last two regular season games this Thursday and Friday.


Our Varsity Boys' team is currently in 5th place in their league, with a record of 5 wins, 4 losses and 1 tie.  The boys have finished their regular season games and are now doing their final tuning for next week's tournament.


You can track all of the league games on the River Valley Athletic League's website, under 'Soccer'.  You'll see current standings as the regular season games finish up this week.  The playoff bracket will be posted at the end of this week.  Wednesday's Quarterfinal games will be hosted by the higher-seeded teams... stay tuned for updated info!


Megan Owens

Hartsbrook Athletics


Game Reports:


10/16/13 - Girls JV Soccer Hartsbrook 0 / Steiner 5

Hartsbrook played a more closely matched game than the final score indicated. Sofia McNerney and Kara Murphy did extraordinary work up front in combination, attacking open spaces sharply and finding each other with several well-struck passes.


10/17/13 - Girls JV Soccer Hartsbrook 0 / Center 5

Hartsbrook passed the ball with control in the middle but was unable to finish at the far end. On the small field, playing 8v8, Center's top player had access to the entire pitch and accounted for all five of their goals.


Eric Bright

Girls JV Soccer Coach






Around Campus ~

Commemorating The Foundation Stone

Monday, Grades 1-12 gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the laying of The Hartsbrook School's Foundation Stone.  A copper dodecahedron shaped time capsule is buried beneath Peining Hall under the inlaid compass rose in the lobby. This time capsule contains wishes and intentions for the school and our community.


For more photos of campus life, be sure to check out Hartsbrook Photo Site  > All School Events

(See the back of your directory for the password or call the main office.)






Community Bulletin Board 


POETRY READING: Hartsbrook High School English Teacher Cherrie Latuner invites you to a reading of her recently published poetry chapbook. More Info or



SKI & SNOWBOARD SWAP & SALE: Berkshire East Ski Area: Charlemont, MA. Sunday, November 17 ~ 9:00 am to 3:30 p.m. Join us for another great sale. MORE INFO.


PUT ON YOUR APRON WORKSHOP SERIES: with Elizabeth Sustick RN, of Paul and Elizabeth's Restaurant. November 2, 2013 - Findus Pancakes and other good things to eat cooking class 11a-2p.  December 7, 2013- Homecare course addressing some common childhood Illnesses 11a-2p. Location: 15 Manhan St Northampton Fee: $30 per class- preregistration required via email esustick@gmail.com

SEEKING POTTERY MENTOR: Senior Eliana Moskovitz is looking for a pottery mentor for her senior project. If you are interested, or have any connections, please contact her directly at 413-686-1126 or elianamoskovitz@gmail.com 


JAZZ PERFORMANCE: Bob & Jerry Good Talks: Traditional Jazz Conversations. Sunday, October 20, 2013 3pm. The North Hadley Congregational Church, 243 River Drive, North Hadley, MA. More Info: http://www.bobandjerry.com/calendar.html


FAMILY YOGA CLASSES: Yoga Sanctuary is offering our Little Tots Yoga Series starting Oct. 11-Nov. 15, Fridays 10:45-11:30am. Bring your little one (ages 2-4) and join Sara Rose for a playful introduction to the magic of yoga. Also, join us October 26th, 3:30-4:30pm for our special Halloween Family Class! Halloween costumes encouraged.  www.yoga-sanctuary.com   | call 413.585.YOGA | or email info@yoga-sanctuary.com.


THEORY AND OBSERVATION/ RIE TRAINING: If you are interested in the work of Magda Gerber and her inspiration for seeing and working with infants and toddlers in a respectful and caring way, a RIE training may be for you! I am hoping to bring a week long RIE training to New England in 2014. If you might be interested (parents, caregivers, educators), please contact Beth~ volkmann@comcast.net and  www.rie.org or  MORE INFO
THERAPUTIC BODYWORK Rejuvenate and heal with Hartsbrook parent, Samantha Burnell, L.M.T. The work I do is an eclectic mix of deep tissue, Trigger-Point therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Thai Massage and many other modalities. Introductory rate: $60 /75 minutes. Regular massage not only feels good, but has long term health benefits. samanthaburnell@gmail.com. 413-824-2870. To schedule an appointment:  http://samanthaburnelllmt.fullslate.com/ 
FARM CSA: Hettie Belle Farm Local Meat and Poultry CSA! Our beef and lamb is 100% grass-fed. Our pigs, chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks are pastured and fed only certified organic grain, grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers.  Monthly distribution in Northampton/Florence & on farm in Warwick, MA (November-March). Many more details at www.hettiebellefarm.com 

The Community Bulletin Board is for small classified-type advertisements. Each submission costs $5.00, is limited to 3 paid repeats and should be no more than 4 lines of text, about 45 words. Payment for Community Bulletin Board submissions should be made by Friday of the publication week. No charge for advertisements for free events or nonprofit organizations. Submit ads to: bulletin@hartsbrook.org.  



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